Let’s get this straight- we all enjoy a late night binge over some Netflix from time to time. And what’s Netflix without some snacks? Of course we all have our late night snacking preferences, too. Some of us go for a classic bag of popcorn or chips, some crave sweets, or maybe you’re that freak that eats a whole jar of pickles in one sitting? Anyway, we’re here to switch things up a bit and introduce a shmorgishborg of healthy, savory, and down-right awesome upgrades for your snacking pleasures. Let’s get started:
Toast is usually reserved for breakfast, but we like to break the rules (Yas!). This recipe features tomatoes and avocado, both of which have some skin-boosting benefits.
Tomatoes are rich in an antioxidant called lycopene, which has been shown to increase skin’s resistance to sunburn. They’re also a great source of vitamin C, which aids in collagen production to keep skin firm.
Like tomatoes, avocados are loaded with collagen-boosting vitamin C. Rich in vitamin E, avocados also keeps skin moisturized. Plus, they’re just ridiculously delicious.
Make these energy bars ahead of time to indulge whenever your sweet tooth calls. These brownies are made with dark chocolate, which is loaded with flavanols. Flavanols are plant compounds that hydrate skin and improve skin texture.
Walnuts give these brownies a little extra crunch. Plus, they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce redness-causing inflammation and improves skin’s elasticity.
Next time you have a hankering for some potato chips, try these instead. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods, containing skin-healthy ingredients like vitamins A, B, C, E, plus manganese, calcium, iron, and potassium. Basically, you need some Kale in your life and these easy kale chips are a tasty way to add it to your diet.
This recipe also includes age-defying olive oil. A 2012 study found that women who consume more than two teaspoons of olive oil per day show 31% fewer signs of aging than women who eat other types of oil. Not bad for some chips, right?
These healthy muffins are a great alternative to a late night cookie snack. This recipe is made with carrots, which are high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is vital to the growth of new skin cells. Plus, carrots’ carotenoid are great for your complexion.. A 2011 UK study showed that people who consume a lot of foods rich in carotenoids are rated as having healthier-looking complexions.
These muffins also call for flax seeds. Flax seeds are one of the best sources of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid. ALA moisturizes skin, improving dryness and flakiness. ALA is also known to reduce symptoms of acne, eczema, and rosacea.
Whip up a batch of skin-healthy red pepper hummus next time you’re in the mood for a late night snack. Red peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet rich in vitamin C is associated with moisturized, wrinkle-free skin.
The main ingredient in this recipe is, of course, chickpeas. Chickpeas are loaded with protein, a building block of skin cells. Plus, they are a great source of tryptophan, a natural-occurring hormone that can help you sleep!
Dr. Jessica Wu, renowned dermatologist and author of Feed your Face once said,
“What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create or lessen inflammation, which is associated with skin aging,”
Thus, we can conclude- you are what you eat! Next time you have a late night craving, keep these easy and healthy recipes in mind.
What’s your favorite late night snack? Let us know!